2012 Pre-Pride Guide

June is right around the corner!

Staten Island Pride Parade and Festival
June 2, noon-5pm, Tompkinsville, facebook .com/statenislandparade. The Staten Island Pride Parade begins at Central and Slosson Avenues, winds through the streets of St. George, and leads directly to the Pride Festival in Tompkinsville Park. Check out live entertainment, vendors and LGBT-friendly non-profits.

Queens Pride
June 3, noon, Jackson Heights, Queens, queenspride.com. The Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee welcomes fans to the 20th year of Queens Pride, taking over the gay-friendly nabe of Jackson Heights. Check the website for an updated schedule of events.

New Jersey LGBT Pride Celebration

June 3, noon-7pm, Asbury Park, NJ, jerseypride.org. Go down the shore to Asbury Park’s 21st annual Pride celebration. Beginning with a parade with rainbow balloons, motorcycles, floats, decorated cars and hundreds of marchers in amazing costumes, the event hits its stride at the afternoon street festival. Artisans, community organizations, food, and performances and much more.

Walk on the Wild Side

June 4, time TBA, Central Park Zoo, callen-lorde.org. Save the date for Callen-Lorde Community Health Center’s annual fundraiser at the Central Park Zoo. Dance to brand-name DJs and sip cocktails under the stars, surrounded by sea lions and other exotic beasts.

Women’s Pride in the Pines 2012

June 9, 3-10pm, Whyte Hall, Fire Island Pines, sageusa.org. Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) presents Women’s Pride in the Pines, a women’s dance and dinner to kick off Pride month in the Fire Island Pines. With more than 250 guests expected, the event dispelsthe idea  that the Fire Island Pines is just for the boys! DJ Stacy spins; dress to impress in classic white.

School’s Out
June 9, 6-8:30pm, at the home of Peter Wilson and Scott Sanders, East Hampton, hmi.org/ schoolsout. The annual Hamptons fundraiser for the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) supports programs and education for LGBT and questioning youth. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and great company at a beautiful private home in the swanky Hamptons.

Brooklyn Pride
June 9, all day, Prospect Park at Bartel-Pritchard Circle (15th St), brooklynpride.org. The theme for Brooklyn Pride’s 16th year is “Pride Links Us Together.” The festivities kick off at 8am with a 5K fun run; the multicultural festival takes place from 11am-6pm. March in the Night Pride Parade beginning at 7:30pm.

Long Island Pride Parade

June 9, 1pm, Main St, Huntington Village, NY, lipride.org. Long Island’s largest LGBT event draws more than 5,000 spectators and participants each year. Arrive early for the best views.

Stonewall Vision Dinner

June 13, 6-9:30pm, Bridgewaters, 11 Fulton St at South Street Seaport, stonewallfoundation.org. The Stonewall Community Foundation’s annual black tie gala supports the organization’s work to encourage LGBT philanthropy on the local level. This year, the Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association, Jennifer Costley, and Frank Selvaggi and Bill Shea will be honored.

Pride Rally

June 16, 3-6pm, location TBA, nycpride.org. Pride Week starts early this year! Gear up at the Pride Rally, a motivational gathering with live performances, speakers and LGBT organizations. The Rally is one of the main Pride events sponsored by Heritage of Pride.

Garden Party 29

June 18, 16pm, Hudson River Park’s Pier 46 (West Side Hwy at Christopher St), gaycenter.org. The 29th annual Garden Party offers “a taste of Pride” with more than 30 participating restaurants and culinary destinations offering samples from their innovative menus. Proceeds support the Center’s programs.

NYC Pride VIP Rooftop Party

June 23, 2-10pm, Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St, nycpride.org. NYC Pride and Rafferty Mazur Events present a tea dance with three incredible DJs: Corey Craig, Freemasons and Moto Blanco. Dance in one of the most exclusive rooftops venues overlooking the greatest city in the world during the best weekend of the year!

Dyke March

June 23, 5-8pm, march begins at Bryant Park, facebook.com/nycdykemarch. Can you believe the beloved Dyke March is celebrating its 20th year? Be there when 20,000 lesbians make their way down 5th Avenue in a permit-free, occasionally shirtless display of solidarity. Don’t miss the end-of-march free-for-all in Washington Square.

Rapture on the River

June 23, 4-11pm, Pier 54, 13th St at West Side Hwy, nycpride.org. Heritage of Pride hosts its fabulous women’s tea dance on the pier for its ninth year. Opening DJs Missy B and Trini warm up the crowd for the headliner, DJ Whitney Day. Remember: Take your disco naps while you can!

Pride March

June 24, noon, route begins at 36th St and 5th Ave/ends at Christopher and Greenwich Sts, nycpride.org. The big one! The Pride March enters its 5th decade as one of the most fabulous LGBT Pride events on the planet. This year’s Grand Marshals are Cyndi Lauper, Chris Salgardo, and Phyllis Siegel and Connie Kopelov.

Pride Fest

11am-7pm, Hudson St btw Abingdon Sq and 14th St, nycpride.org. PrideFest is Heritage of Pride’s annual LGBT street fair that brings together local residents, community leaders and area business owners to celebrate in the street.

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